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Access Cloaks film screening 20-06-24

Leeds Access Cloaks is a project led by Pyramid artist Alfie Fox.  Alfie made four large-scale, print-based ‘cloaks’ with children and adults with disabilities across Leeds, and displayed them at well known cultural venues citywide, including Hyde Park Picture House.

Alfie has collaborated with film-maker Michael Godsall in making this documentary about a ground-breaking project which invites people to think about access and inclusion in the arts.

The film follows Alfie and his team of support artists from Pyramid over the course of the project, documenting the barriers that exist for artists with disabilities, and highlighting why art is an important tool for communication and connection in our everyday lives.

Date: Thursday 20 June 2024
Time: 1pm – 2pm
Location: Hyde Park Picture House, 73 Brudenell Road, Leeds, LS6 1JD
Access: Please see https://hpph.co.uk/access for detailed information
Cost: Tickets are ‘pay what you can’, including £0.

Ticket link: https://hpph.co.uk/films/access-cloaks

Access Cloak at Leeds Industrial Museum. Photo credit: Michael Godsall.

Treading Water 13-20 June

We are so excited to be partnering with Bramley Baths to host Josh Pedley-Cook’s first ever solo exhibition, Treading Water.

As well as being an artist at Pyramid, Josh is also a member of a Leeds water polo team.  He is a passionate advocate for the mental health benefits of swimming and loves spending time in the water. Josh hopes his exhibition will inspire other people to get swimming too!

When: 13-20 June 2024

Time: 10am – 4pm weekdays and 10am – 3pm weekends

Venue: Bramley Baths, Broad Lane, Bramley, LS13 3DF

Access: Click here to download our access information for the venue (.pdf)

Cost: Free, no booking required.

Josh would also like to invite everyone to his exhibition celebration event on Saturday 15 June, 1-3pm. There will be refreshments and a pop-up exhibition of work by a selection of other Pyramid artists.

Bramley Baths is a stunning Edwardian bath house and if you’d like to take the opportunity to have a swim as well as seeing the exhibition, you can book online, here: https://www.bramleybaths.co.uk/pool

Swim sessions taking place during our celebration event can be booked directly using these links:

Vacancy: Studio Facilitator

We’re looking for a part-time freelance Studio Facilitator to work with us on fixed-term project for nine months.

Pyramid is an inclusive, equal opportunities employer and we want our organisation and its audience to reflect the diversity of our local community in Leeds. If you feel under-represented in the arts, we most strongly encourage you to apply!

The project

We are collaborating with the University of Leeds’ School of Fine Art, History of Art, & Cultural Studies on a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), linked to previous research by Irregular Art Schools (https://irregularartschools.org/).

This project is called Finding the Flex and is a feasibility study for providing a flexible, supported open arts studio space for artists with learning disabilities, autism, or both (LD/A).  The aim of the project is to test models for more flexible support and support plans for people with LD/A, bringing a potential improvement in the way in which people with LD/A are supported to access different activities and services in future.

Purpose of the post

  • To be present during open studio hours and take responsibility for general operations, premises, and health and safety.
  • To provide technical and creative support to the artists present, offering advice and guidance as needed, and facilitating opportunities for shared learning / peer-to-peer working.
  • To keep accurate records of activity in the open studio and contribute to the ongoing research, monitoring, and evaluation aspects of the project.

Job application pack

Please click on a document title to open/download. If you need a document in another format, please email access@pyramid.org.uk or phone/text 07531 215 999 and we’ll be more than happy to help.

Cover letter

Job description and person specification

Personal details form

Application form

We have also made these documents available to download from GoogleDrive, if you prefer: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-1N6M47q97Vt8BTxDvTmQtzlOXwxPawy?usp=sharing

The deadline for applications is Sunday 05 May 2024.

Join us on Patreon

Join us on Patreon as a digital supporter to receive exclusive online behind-the-scenes content and work from our artists. Become a swag supporter to receive new merch through the post every other month alongside all our online content.

Our patrons share our belief that creativity should be nurtured in everyone and that anyone should have the opportunity to become an artist regardless of their personal circumstances. Our artists face many barriers to developing their creative practice, from flaws within health and social care provision to the exclusivity and prejudices of the art world. Pyramid Patrons support the work of Pyramid to challenge these systems, break down barriers, and create new opportunities for our artists.

Big Art Pub Quiz 15/04/24

Everyone is welcome and we’d love to see as many people as possible, so please help us to spread the word!

Date: Monday 15 April
Time: 8pm
Location: The Cardigan Arms, 364 Kirkstall Road, Burley, LS4 2HQ
Cost: Pay as you feel on the door

This is a fundraising event for Pyramid, and all money raised will go towards improving access and inclusion in the arts for people with learning disabilities.

A massive thanks to @brews_and_chats and @thecardiganarms for hosting.

Art Yard Sale 13/04/24

We have been busy spring cleaning our stores and we thought it would be fun to invite everyone to the studio for a rummage!

Expect to find beautiful artworks from our archives, pre-loved art materials and tools, bucket loads of fabric and a selection of artist stalls!

There will also be refreshments available and a drop in scrap workshop ✂️

Date: Saturday 13 April
Time: 11am-3pm
Location: Pyramid Studio, Unit 3, 18 Croydon Street, LS11 9RT

Everyone is welcome and we’d love to see as many people as possible, so please help us to spread the word!

This is a fundraising event for Pyramid, and all money raised will go towards improving access and inclusion in the arts for people with autism, a learning disability, or both.

Studio access:

The accessible entrance to the studio is on Croydon Street. It has wide doors. The space is entirely on the ground floor and the surface is level.

There is an all-genders accessible toliet. The space is manoeuvrable with a wheelchair.

There is lots of free parking in the two car parks on Croydon Street.

There is a bus stop close by. From Leeds City Centre:

Arriva Buses to Spence Lane: 229, 254, 255
First buses to Domestic Street: 55, 65, 75

See our access page for more information: https://pyramid.org.uk/access/

RB

RB: I explore surrealism and realism within my art practice. I enjoy sketching designs that have a 3D quality and a sense of perspective. I like playing with the balance of reality and fantasy when creating my landscapes.

I like creating interactive pieces such as including easter eggs which is a term used in gaming for hidden symbols or objects that are placed within my pictures. The easter eggs I use remind me of where’s wally, this adds a playful element to my work.

Rock Jaw

Within my ocean scene I have played with lighting effects using watercolour to create an ethereal underwater landscape. This landscape is the home of Rock Jaw a giant armoured merboy, who is a character I have designed myself. I am particularly proud of this piece of work.

Gold Heart

Another character I have created is Gold Heart a character who is based on myself. He is the main character within my fantasy stories who is heroic, brave, intelligent, and caring.

Malta

Within my current sketches I have drawn inspiration from my trip to Malta, looking at the historic landmarks within the country such as the fortresses built in World War 2, the grand cathedrals, and their ornate architecture. I have used my photography skills to use as reference images for my drawings including images I took of the megalithic temples.

work in progress:

The Hand of Time 2012-2023

The Hand of Time, more often referred to as ‘the Big Hand’ was created by Pyramid in 2012 as part of Cultural Olympiad celebration of the London Olympics.

The hand holds a clock and it was designed to organically deteriorate, change & evolve over time. It was created with a steel frame but otherwise with organic materials designed to change throughout the years. It was originally displayed at Thwaite Mills and at Millennium Square for Light Night. It has been on display at Barkston House, very near the Pyramid Studio, since 2015.

Pyramid periodically reimagines and redecorates The Big Hand with different artists, contributing additions and changes.

2023 additions to the hand were created by Pyramid’s Legends & Ribblehead groups.

The Legends group created a sustainable textiles clockface and bug hotels for the hands base, made from a recycled drum kit.

The Ribblehead group created mosaic work which is displayed around the hand.

Photos by Mindy Goose

Aspire

Pyramid artists work on projects with people in three Aspire Fulfilling Lives Centres; Bramley, Potternewton, and Rothwell.

Lots of people take part, and projects include aspects of sensory exploration, music, and visual art.

Here is some recent work produced in the Aspire centres. Thanks to Mindy Goose for the photography.

Developing You is Back!

Pyramid has partnered with Leeds Employment Hub, People Matters and United Response to deliver a project for autistic adults and adults with a learning disability who are interested in learning more about getting a job. It is called Developing You: Exploring Wellbeing and Work.

There is a video below that tells you more about it.

It is a free, 9 week course (3 hours per week).

Our next course will start on 07 May 2024 and run for 9 weeks.

As well as thinking about employment, the course looks at ways to maintain and improve your personal health and wellbeing.

  • Improve how your body and mind feel
  • Develop your digital skills
  • Better understand the world of work
  • Get 1 to 1 support from an Employment Advisor
  • Find out about other support services and groups
  • Meet new people

The course is open to people in the Leeds area aged 18+. Attending will not affect any entitlement to benefits that you may have. We can help with travel costs if needed.

Please click here to contact us if you’d like to find out more or register for the course.

Partners:

Funded by:

This Is Us

Our latest exhibition has been installed at Archive in Kirkstall, and will run from 28 February – 12 March 2024. The exhibition features work by two Pyramid artists, William Stapleton, and Ria.

Join the artists and guests for a relaxed celebration at Archive on
Tuesday 05 March, 11am – 2pm. All welcome.

William is inspired by mystical characters and make-believe worlds. He loves experimenting with different materials and incorporating sensory elements into his art. He has been working on ‘Mickey’s World’ for the past two years. The story and artwork were designed with particular consideration to accessibility for people with autism.

Ria’s art celebrates colour, shape and surface pattern. It explores identity, breaks boundaries and celebrates the small joys that can be found in everyday life. Ria’s pieces in this exhibition were made in 2018-2019. This is the first time they have been exhibited to the public. “These pieces represent the frustrations, including some direct quotes, from my life at the time” – Ria

Venue: Archive, 94 Kirkstall Road, LS3 1HD

Dates: 28 February – 12 March

Opening hours: see archiveleeds.co.uk

Access: See https://pyramid.org.uk/Archive-access-information-easy-read

Interview with Ria

Long-time Pyramid artist Ria recently exhibited her work ‘Integrated Society’ at Leeds Industrial Museum, as part of the ‘Any work That Wanted Doing’ exhibition. She was recently interviewed by the exhibition’s curator Gill Crawshaw, and you can read the interview here: https://anywork.org.uk/ria-talks-about-her-art

Pyramid View on… Contested Bodies

Today the Ribblehead group visited the amazing Contested Bodies exhibition at The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery at the University of Leeds. The exhibition examines the performativity of gender as a social construct.

The group had a tour of the gallery and spent time sketching and taking photos of their favourite pieces. We are excited to see what work they will make in response to the exhibition back at the Pyramid Studio!

Many thanks to the team at the gallery for making the group feel so welcome.

Big Hand 2012 – 2023

The Big Hand was created by Pyramid in 2012 as part of Cultural Olympiad celebration of the London Olympics.

The hand holds a clock and was created with a steel frame but otherwise with organic materials, designed to change throughout the years. It was originally exhibited at Thwaite Mills and at Millennium Square for Light Night. Since 2015 it has been situated on site at Pyramid HQ in Holbeck.

Pyramid members periodically reimagine and redecorate The Big Hand, with different artists contributing additions and changes. This year’s additions have been created by Pyramid’s Legends and Ribblehead groups.

The Legends group created a sustainable textiles clock face and bug hotels for the hand’s base, made from a recycled drum kit. The Ribblehead group created mosaic work which is displayed around the hand.

Photos by Mindy Goose.

£400 raised at Winter Art Market

Pyramid would like to say a massive thank you to everyone (guests, stall holders and volunteers) that joined us at the studio last week for our Festive Art Market! We had a brilliant time and we hope you did too. Through donations on the day we raised an amazing £400!

This money will help Pyramid to continue providing opportunities for people with learning disabilities to get involved in creative projects, and support them to develop their creative practice.

Photos by Mindy Goose

International Day of Disabled People 2023

Today Pyramid hosted a drop-in creative workshop at the International Day of Disabled People Marketplace event, organised by Forum Central. Lots of people joined us in Leeds City Museum’s Broderick Hall to make their very own Pyramite, which was included in a short stop motion animation.

Event: A Perfect World

Join us at the Pyramid Studio for a special evening with renowned Leeds storyteller Matthew Bellwood as he weaves together a trilogy of original magical folk stories, told from a queer perspective. Featuring a child made of slate, a resurrected dragon, a cloistered princess and a rainbow witch, A Perfect World turns fairy tales upside down, and offers up a set of rather different happy endings.

Date: Wednesday 24 January 2024
Time: 6pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Pyramid, 18 Croydon Street, Leeds LS11 9RT
Access: See pyramid.org.uk/access for venue and travel information

Tickets: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/pyramid-of-arts/t-jzqorvo

Light refreshments provided.

This event is a fundraiser for Pyramid, and all proceeds will be invested in the support of artists with learning disabilities.

The Entrance to Rock Jaw’s Lair

Ross Bolland 2023

Irregular Art Schools x Royal Academy of Arts

Today the Irregular Art Schools research team visited the Making Space artists at the Royal Academy of Arts. They had a great time meeting other artists, making art together and exploring the gallery.

Making Space is an inclusive artist development programme for a group of learning-disabled and neuro-divergent artists. The artists meet monthly at the Royal Academy of Arts for learning and mentorship.

Thought Bubble

We had a great weekend at Thought Bubble, sharing work by Pyramid artists and associates. We used our stall to promote Pyramid and raise funds – thank you to everyone who visited our stall, and to Thought Bubble for inviting us.

Thought Bubble is a Yorkshire Comic Art Festival that promotes the power of comics.

Winter Art Market

Come and browse the beautiful, festive art work being sold by local makers and enjoy a hot chocolate and some sweet treats. There will also be a drop-in zine-making workshop.

More details to follow.

Time: 11am – 3pm

Date: Saturday 25 November 2023

Location: Pyramid Studio, 18 Croydon Street, Leeds LS11 9RT

Access: Please see pyramid.org.uk/access for full information

Share: Click here to download a shareable event flyer by Pyramid D-Team D2HK.

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